Tequila – The Most ‘Organic’ of All

Kah Anjeo Tequila - 750ml

 Perhaps the most ‘organic’ of all is Tequila…

Tequila seems to be quietly awaiting some attention as the interest in barrel aged spirits continues to grow.  Mostly left behind in the market today Tequila exists for many as a youthful memory of an upset stomach.  The category has also been lead for many years by a well-known brand which barley qualifies as Tequila and isn’t the traditionally crafted spirit that Mexico is so proud of.

In short, Tequila is amazing.  It’s a must try.  Tequila production is limited to a relatively small area in the western central highlands of Mexico in and around the city of Tequila.  It is made exclusively from the agave plant (always be sure that the bottle you choose is labeled ‘100% agave) and shows the unique characteristics of the land where the plant was grown (the growing region is about twice as large as the production region).  In few spirits is terroir as evident as it is in tequila.

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Bourbon – An Historic American Product

Hand-Picked Single Barrel Bourbon

Bourbon – a distinctive product of the United States (said Congress in 1964) – is an historic American product with a storied past going back hundreds of years, even though it has been a mere half century since Congress made it official.  Until recently, in the liquor industry, American whiskies in general faced stiff competition from centuries old distilleries in a great whisky country across the Atlantic and less expensive, ‘smoother’ tasting whiskey from our neighbors in the north.  Not to mention the prevailing thirst for vodka, gin and rum.  In no more than the last five years American whiskey has been an American renaissance.  Bourbon seems to have inspired this cultural rebirth and it is an exciting time to be an enthusiast.

If you are not an enthusiast yourself, it’s likely that you know someone who is.  So, somebody in your life excited about Bourbon.  Even if that somebody is you there is little doubt that a fine bottle is a superb gift, and is acceptable at any time for any reason.  The only challenge is figuring out which one to add to your collection.

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Gin – Meaning Juniper

Gin is a spirit most commonly associated with juniper berries, indeed the name itself, ‘Gin’, is derived from the Dutch ‘jenever’, meaning juniper.  The drink has been around for centuries if not millennia and likely began as a form of medicine.  Today gin is growing out of its image as a dry, one dimensional, 80 proof alcohol made for either martinis or tonic.  I must admit that I have always found that mold a bit boring.

The gin world is dominated by familiar brand names like Beefeater, Bombay and Tanqueray.  These products shape the way gin is perceived and are, categorically, the same.  As ‘London’ Gins we primarily see variations only in the sweetness of the product.  London Gin, also called London Dry or simply Dry Gin, is a grain neutral spirit that has been re-distilled in the presence of natural herbs used for flavor (juniper always being the most prominent).  The legal definition of gin requires the characteristic flavor of juniper berries.  It is because the base spirit can be distilled from many forms of sugar (beets, cane, potatoes, grapes, etc.) that we find different flavors among Dry gins – and the above-mentioned brands are fine examples.

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Our very first single malt private barrel selection…

Colonial Spirits proudly announces our very first  single malt private barrel selection…

Introducing Colonial Spirits’ first Single Malt Whisky private barrel… The independent barrel for independent retailers is a unique collaboration between like-minded retailers, who also happen to be Scotch enthusiasts.

Choosing special barrels to be bottled for Colonial Spirits is a privilege we’ve had before with several Bourbon distillers.  Selecting a Scotch whisky cask is a little more involved however.  By working with Scotland’s smallest independent distillery (also one of the best) as well as a few qualified independent retailers, we had the opportunity to purchase an extremely valuable sherry cask – to be bottled for our stores. Continue reading Our very first single malt private barrel selection…

Indian Hill Music Sponsorship Event

We are very pleased to host a special event in support of a great local business – Indian Hill Music, the premier music education center in metro-west.  Together we would like to thank the generous supporters of Indian Hill Music as well as introduce business partnership and advertising opportunities to our community and friends.  There will be wine and beer tasting, appetizers and live music.

If you are interested in Indian Hill’s business community and would like to learn more about supporting the best local music school in the area, please contact: mary@indianhillmusic.org or call (978) 486-9524 x107

This event  will be held at Colonial Spirits of Acton on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 pm   RSVP is required Continue reading Indian Hill Music Sponsorship Event